70K | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
atgbrewery.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is essentially the 35K recipe doubled. Double roasty, double chocolatey, double creamy, double delicious. Then we decided to make it 2.5X awesome by aging it in bourbon barrels for a really, really long time. The bourbon and oak flavors perfectly compliment the massive flavors in the double mega imperial milk stout. You don’t swim in this beer, it swims in you!

Added by eyeenjoybeer on 05-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#921
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
353
pDev:
6.71%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
48
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 353 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of Jrjr0891
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mattyg3132
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeer
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date night at Caliente Pizza and draft house. Interestingly had the same night as Founder's CBS. Not very different in flavor. If you ate looking for a sweet imperial... Here ya go!

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Photo of degueulasse
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a thick beer with little carbonation that pours deep black into the glass with little head. It smells like maple and tastes like bourbon and chocolate (65% cacao or so), making it a nice, roasty, sweet beer with a more complex taste than most.

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Photo of EMH73
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a quarter inch light brown head that left good lacing. Smells and tastes of dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, oak, licorice and a bit of dark fruits. Heavy bodied, lush and creamy mouth feel, light carbonation and just a hint of bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding barrel aged stout. The chocolate and espresso notes are definitely the most dominate, but there is a vanilla that comes through mid palate that almost resembles a chocolate covered marshmallow. The barrel is very well done, the bourbon notes are very pronounced but aren’t overpowering, they play really well into the chocolate, dark fruit, and roastiness. The mouthfeel is thick and coating, I love these syrupy imperial stouts. This is one of the better ones I’ve had and I would recommend searching it out.

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Photo of Prost76
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mig100
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bshefftz
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beersnake1
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a thick and creamy black with little dark brown head. Looks insanely appealing. I get the bourbon immediately on the nose, which I love. Some nice chocolate, licorice, vanilla, and toffee. The taste is fantastic. Sweet upfront, but a bit bitter on the tail end. Getting tons of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, roasted malts, brown sugar, vanilla, and bourbon. Also picking up some raisin. The bourbon notes definitely linger in the aftertaste. This has an incredibly robust mouthfeel - super thick and viscous. This is how a BA should be. Definitely at the top of the list for me.

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours almost pitch black with a one finger tan head which fades; leggy, with some spots left behind

Smell: Milk chocolate, marshmallow and vanilla cream, enveloped in a cloak of Bourbon aromatics

Taste: Milk chocolate covered marshmallows in liquid form, with the sweetened vanilla tone building; through the middle, the Bourbon adds another dimension, cutting the sweetness ever so slightly; the blend of the chocolate confection and the Bourbon linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: A very sweet stout and, while it is well-crafted for what it is, this is clearly a dessert beer to enjoy in limited quantity - bottling this in a 750 makes no sense to me

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

35k is one of the best milk/sweet stouts I've ever had. And this is the recipe doubled and then aged in bourbon barrels. So in the honor of winning gold medal of aged stout at GABF this week, I will be enjoying this 750 ml. bottle poured into a snifter. Excited to see what it brings. This beer pours out pitch black and forms a nice mocha colored crown that dissipates to leaving an outer ring with some misty bubbles remaining in the middle. The smell is strong with dark fruit, bourbon, oak, caramel and even vanilla. Wow. I hope this complexity carries on in to the flavor. But for now I can't stop smelling. Alright, let's just do this. Let's take a sip. The first initial sip offers the dark fruit tangling all the way through. Cherries, raisins, slight plums. Then after that, this is providing chocolate layers along with bourbon, oak and vanilla. I'm glad they doubled the recipe of 35k because even with it doubled, I feel like that bourbon is taking a lot of sweetness and chocolate away. Very good flavor nonetheless. The mouthfeel is warming from bourbon and dry from oak but I wish there was more carbonation to make it just bounce. Overall, I can definitely see how this is an award winner and I enjoyed having it. I would say I've had better for the style, but I would be forgetting that this actually is a milk/sweet stout overall and from that, I probably haven't. It's a damn good treat.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of T_Hass
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LouisvilleMike
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stephenlee
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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70K from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 353 ratings